Originally Posted by GotGarlic
And I think making jokes about the loss of the Malaysian plane is exceedingly insensitive.
Perhaps the alternative is to weep.
I used to think that laughing in the face of adversity (whether your own or someone else's) was an English - well, British - trait. A safety valve, like all those silly films with Will Hay, George Formby et al, during the 2nd WW, making fun of serious aspects of the war. As the New York Times put it in a review of one of the latter's films in October 1940 "....the Britisher's......"thumbs up" attitude in the face of ...... danger". Perhaps it's catching on elsewhere.
And perhaps joking about something unpleasant happening to someone else is relief that it wasn't us it happened to.